PhDs in Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences

Environmental studies cover a wide interdisciplinary area, which investigates how the natural world works and how humans interact with it. Bachelors and Masters in Environmental Studies approach environmental issues such as pollution, global climate change and depletion of natural resources. Environmental sciences try to find sustainable ways to maintain or improve the integrity of the natural environment.

Earth sciences deal with the study of our planet, its material structure, atmosphere and physical characteristics. Specialised fields of the discipline include geology, meteorology, oceanography and even astronomy.

Both environmental studies and earth sciences integrate knowledge of physics and biochemistry to study environmental systems, study the history of earth and its constant changes, and try to find solutions for pressing environmental issues. Sub-disciplines of environmental studies and earth sciences include toxicology, biodiversity and conservation, soil science and environmental management. Environmental studies also incorporate social sciences for understanding human relationships, perceptions and policies towards the environment. Environmental and earth scientists perform experiments and take accurate measurements related to how the earth's characteristics and environmental issues evolve and change. They work on subjects like understanding earth processes, weather changes, natural hazard prediction, alternative energy systems research, natural resource management and more.

Graduates find work in government agencies, non-profit organisations or environmental consulting agencies. Careers in the field range from hydrologist, geographer or seismologist, to environmental compliance inspector, climate change analyst and emergency management specialist.

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Suggested PhD Programmes

Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering PhD Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering
  • Sep 2016
  • International € 13,500 per year
  • EEA € 13,500 per year
  • 36 months

The doctorate degree is intended for students who have excelled during their undergraduate and/or graduate studies, have a strong motivation and enthusiasm toward technological research and innovation, and are inclined to remain in an academic or research environment working on emerging technologies and challenging engineering projects.

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Environmental Sciences and Policy PhD Environmental Sciences and Policy
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 15,000 per year
  • International € 15,000 per year
  • 36 months

The doctoral program provides an exceptional opportunity to pursue fundamental and applied research to address some of the most urgent environmental challenges in the world. Our graduates emerge from the program with an understanding of diverse approaches to environmental problems, extensive practical research experience, professional networks, analytical and practical thinking skills, and both the commitment and capacity for addressing environmental challenges.

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University of Essex

PhD Environmental Sciences
  • Jan 2017
  • Apr 2017
  • Oct 2016
  • International £ 14,950 per year
  • 36 months

Environmental Sciences, University of Essex - We offer supervision in a wide range of environmental science topics. These include, for example, sustainable agriculture, exposure to indoor air pollution, aerosol science, the impact of nanoparticles on the environment, environmental resource management, environmental microbiology, interactions between nature and health.

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Aberystwyth University

PhD Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences
  • Jan 2017
  • Oct 2016
  • EEA £ 3,900 per year
  • National £ 3,900 per year
  • International £ 12,500 per year
  • 36 months

The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) is a world class research and education centre at Aberystwyth University. IBERS is an internationally recognised centre of excellence and students' choice for the study of biological, environmental and rural sciences. The Aberystwyth University offers the Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences research programme.

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University of Birmingham

PhD Earth Sciences PhD/MPhil
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA £ 4,121 per year
  • International £ 17,910 per year
  • National £ 4,121 per year
  • 36 months

The research groups focus on the following themes: hydrogeology; palaeobiology and palaeoenvironments; palaeoclimatology and subsurface structure and properties.

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University of Bern

Ph. D. Geology / Earth Sciences
  • Any time
  • EEA € 191 per semester
  • International € 191 per semester
  • Not specified

For the PhD you will need 6 to 8 semesters of study essentially consisting in research work. At the end you have to submit a research thesis, containing a few publications.

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Ca' Foscari University of Venice

PhD Environmental Sciences
  • Sep 2016
  • EEA € 1,012 per year
  • International € 1,012 per year
  • 36 months

The PhD Programme in Environmental Sciences is designed to research solutions to the various global issues (environment, ecology, social development) with the aim of promoting an interdisciplinary approach.

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Graz University of Technology (TU Graz)

PhD Doctoral School of Geosciences
  • Any time
  • EEA € 363 per semester
  • International € 726 per semester
  • 36 months

The Doctoral School of Geosciences is a joint doctoral school of the Institute of Applied Geosciences and the geodesic institutes of Graz University of Technology and is divided into the classes of "Earth Sciences" and "Geodesy". It sees itself as a doctoral school with a strong international orientation.

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The State University of New Jersey

PhD Biomedical Sciences: Toxicology
  • Aug 2016
  • National $ 7,944 per module
  • International $ 13,368 per module
  • 36 months

The Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology (JGPT) is an interdepartmental program designed to train students and postdoctoral fellows in the discipline of toxicology. The JGPT offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and provides the research training for Pharm.D./Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students. Toxicology provides a broad education in biology and chemistry which can be applied to the mechanistic study of the adverse effects of chemicals on biological systems.

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Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Ph. D. Geología
  • Any time
  • EEA € 540 per year
  • International € 540 per year
  • Not specified

El programa de doctorado en Geología de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona tiene raices profundas y existe como tal desde el curso 1991/1992, aunque anteriormente ya se habían leído tesis doctorales realizadas en el departamento de Geología.

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Miami University of Ohio

PhD Ecology Evolution Environmental Biology
  • Sep 2016
  • National $ 13,533 per year
  • International $ 28,631 per year
  • Not specified

Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (EEEB) is a multidisciplinary, interdepartmental program of study and research leading to a Ph.D. degree. Students earn a degree in EEEB but closely interact with one or more departments. Students interested in the Ph.D. program in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (EEEB) should review the research interests of the faculty associates below. Any faculty associate can serve as a dissertation advisor. To be admitted to Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, applicants must identify at least one faculty associate who is willing to serve as the dissertation advisor.

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